Reader:

I have been thinking of getting a shoebox apartment for a while and your blogs on tiny living resonate with me. I have been looking around and I have two options now. Both are about the same size but one of them have a planter that is about 3 meters long by 1 meter wide while the other one does not have a planter nor balcony. I know you have a planter in your apartment and wonder if you would have preferred more indoor space instead.

AK:
Welcome to tiny living! To be honest, before I bought this place, I thought planters and balconies were a waste of space, especially in a tiny apartment.

Hey, less than 500 square feet of space and almost 10% of that that is outside (and the percentage could be even higher for some other projects which is just the developers taking buyers for a ride, I feel)? …